FG Emphasise Ban on Rice Importation as Illela Border is Reopened

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The Federal Government on Tuesday reiterated its stand on the ban on rice importation when Mr Abdulhamid Ma’aji, Comptroller, Nigerian Customs Service in charge of Sokoto and Zamfara, made the emphasis at the reopening of Illela Border in Sokoto State.

Government saw the need for the emphasis as importers and exporters in Sokoto became excited at the reopening of the Illela border which witnessed dignitaries from Nigeria and Niger Republic.

Ma’aji said the border reopening was being monitored to ensure sanity recalling that border closure was done in the interest of Nigerians.

The comptroller noted that many instruments used by criminals were brought into the country through land borders adding that effort was being made to curb such incidents.

He called on Nigerians to show understanding and support for government policies, and appealed to traders to adhere to business regulations and safety guidelines.

”Government organs can achieve maximum success with much support from members of the public and stakeholders that play important roles”.

The comptroller urged importers and exporters to ensure strict compliance with the regulations.

Reacting, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, an exporter said during the period when the border was closed, exporters complied with government directives in spite the hardship faced and gave assurance that they would abide by the regulations governing border reopening.

Alhaji Aminu Dan’iya, Chairman of the Association of Registered Licenced Clearing Agents, said no fewer than 35 firms registered at Illela point and would comply with all government regulations.

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